Can you believe a sheet of paper was auctioned online for 9,10,000 dollars? Yes it is true. The sheet of paper bearing Paul McCartney’s handwritten lyrics to “Hey Jude” was auctioned on line for that price.
The auction was held as part of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ historic split. The lyrics were used during the 1968 recording of the song at the Trident Studios, London. The online auction was held because of the coronavirus pandemic. About 250 Beatles memorabilia were put for online auction.
McCartney wrote “Hey Jude” after an earlier split between his fellow partner Lennon from his first wife Cynthia following an affair with Japanese artist Yoko Ono. The song was composed for comforting Lennon’s son Julian as he was struck because of his parents’ break-up. The song was first titled “Hey Jules.”
Apart from the piece of paper containing the hand written lyrics, a drumhead with the Beatles’ logo was also sold. This was used during their first tour to the US in 1964. This was sold for 200,000 dollars. A handwritten shooting script page for “Hello, Goodbye” music video of 1967 was sold for 83,200 dollars. An ashtray used by drummer Ringo Starr at the Abbey Road studio got 32,500 dollars.